25 February 2013

Angola: Publisher Commends Cuba's Organisational Level

Havana — The chairman of the Chá de Caxinde Cultural and Recreational Association, Jacques do Santos, on Sunday in the Cuban capital stressed that the International Book Fair of Havana was an absolute success and showed how the Cuban State is effectively concerned about reading habits.

Speaking to the press, the writer admitted that he was impressed with the high number of people who visited the fair at the São Pedro de La Cabana Fortress.

The book fair, which closed on Sunday, will continue in the other Cuban provinces until March 10.

To Jacques dos Santos, the Havana book fair is unique and owes nothing to similar events organised in more industrialised countries.

"I was surpised at the organizational level of Cubans, because to organise a fair with such dimension demands having some experience and capacity of invention and creativeness. What impressed me the most was the number of people getting close to books", he recognized.

He said he was taking to Angola several ideas about how to improve and spread the book fairs in Angola, because much has still to be done to stimulate the Angolan youths to like reading.

"It is effectively possible to take this experience to Angola and try to change the direction of things, becaue it is necessary that Angolan youths and children get close to books, so that they can gain capacities and be able to become people with value", emphasised the publisher.

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